Would you like to work directly with a community on
natural resource management issues?
Florida A&M University, in cooperation with the Community
Forestry Research Fellowship program, awards national
internships and research assistantships to undergraduate
students from underserved communities who are interested in community-based natural resource management and issues of sustainability and social justice.
Students enrolled at any U.S. college or university may apply.
These unique opportunities allow undergraduate students to
work with either the community organization of their choice
with a professor doing research in the social science, economic, and/or natural resource fields at their college or university.
What is Community-based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM)?
Community-based natural resource management consists of efforts by people united by common interests to use and conserve their local natural resources. CBNRM thus covers a broad spectrum of resources and activities, from sustainable timber harvesting to non-timber forest product production, from riparian restoration to urban street-tree maintenance, from labor issues to collaborative processes, conflict resolution, and issues of social justice.
- Student will work with grassroots, community organizations in community- based natural resource management (CBNRM)
- Students will learn first hand about how people in urban and rural communities work to conserve local natural resources to meet their own needs, resolve conflicts, and preserve and revitalize their cultural resources
- Students will help make a difference in how natural resource management affects local communities
- Research Assistants will study issues in the social sciences, economics, and/or natural resources relevant to natural resource policy and practice in the U.S.
- Assistants will gain hands-on experience in research that utilizes participatory methods
- Assistants will learn first hand about how urban and rural communities work to conserve local natural resources to meet their own needs, resolve conflicts, and preserve and revitalize their cultural resources
- Assistants will help local communities build capacity for self-determination
Faculty and students at any U.S. college or university, in any department, are eligible to apply. Individual grants of up to $6,200 will be awarded. The award includes a $1,000 honorarium to the professor or the community-based organization. All Assistants and Interns must attend an annual workshop, held in the fall.
Deadline: April 14, 2008
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